What Everybody Ought to Know About Flyball…the Ultimate Dog Sport!

July 12, 2010

Euro Puppy is fascinated by Flyball… What is Flyball? Well, Flyball is a relay dog sport in which teams of four dogs run a race against each other from a start to finish line. They have to jump over a line of hurdles, to reach a box. When the dog presses this spring-loaded box-pad, a tennis ball is released and caught by the dog. The dogs then run back over the hurdles once more; to their handlers while carrying the ball. Flyball was invented in California in the 1970s, and mostly took off during the 1980s when the first flyball organization, the North American Flyball Association (NAFA) was created. Their aim was to promote the sport and to design uniform competition rules. A second for-profit organization has emerged in the last few years. They go by the name of United Flyball League International (U-FLI). There may be slight changes in the rules in the US, the UK and New Zealand, where Flyball is very popular.

A Flyball course consists of four hurdles placed 10 feet (3 m) apart from each other, with the starting line 6 feet (1.8 m) from the first hurdle. The flyball box is placed 15 feet (4.5 m) after the last hurdle. This creates a 51-foot (15.5 m) track length. The hurdle height is determined by the shoulder height of the smallest dog in the team. The North American Flyball Association stipulates that that hurdle height should be 4 inches (10 cm) below the withers height of the smallest dog, to a height of no less than 7 inches (20.3 cm) and no greater than 14 inches (40.6 cm). Each dog must return its ball all the way across the start line before the next dog crosses. Ideal running is nose-to-nose at the start line. The winning team is the one that has all four dogs cross the finish line without an error. If the ball is dropped or the next relay dog is released too early, teams are penalized.

Category: Dog Stories

The Truth Revealed About Your Dog's Real Age!

July 12, 2010

You sit, looking at your dog that has been with you for a countless number of years. You wonder…”If Spot was actually a human…how old would he be? Would he still play ball, or sit under the tree in the garden like Grandpa?”…Well dogs age differently and the magical 7 years does not always apply. Euro Puppy is proud to present some very interesting and useful statistics -that was performed in the US. The results are based on a chart developed by Dr. Fred L. Metzger, State College, PA. All dog-lovers who want to know the real age of their dogs…in human years, look at your dog’s age…then look at what weight category in pounds he or she belongs to. You will then see the age equivalent in human years.

Dog Age

It is also important to note that larger breeds of dogs have a shorter life span than smaller dogs, and a small dog may mature more quickly in the first few years than a large dog would.

Category: Dog Facts

Why Do Dogs' Eyes Glow in the Dark?

July 12, 2010

You have most probably seen that your dog’s eyes glow at night, like flourescent globes. Ever wonder why they do that? Well it has a rather simple scientific explanation. Dogs have a mirror-like layer of cells called the tapetum lucidum (bright carpet in Latin) at the back of their eyes. Humans do not possess these cells. The job of these cells is to improve a dog’s vision in dim light. It achieves this by reflecting light back to the retina. The more light the retina receives the more information it has to work with to translate that light into images. So when you see your dog’s eyes as glowing spheres in the dark, what you’re actually seeing is light being reflected by the tapetum lucidum cells, so that images can be formed. Otherwise, without these cells, dogs would be unable to see at night. The eyes of many animals -including dogs – will also reflect yellow, green, or other colors in flash photography as well. It is called the “green-eye effect” or the “green eyeshine” in animals. In humans on the other hand, the opposite “red-eye effect” is a problem because, with no tapetum lucidum layer to block the light, it reaches the blood-rich region at the back of the eye and causes a brilliant red image of it to be focused back through the lens of the eye, giving even the nicest people red, glowing, demonic eyes in flash photographs.

doberman with glowing eyes

Category: Dog Facts

What is a Teacup Puppy?

July 12, 2010

“Teacup” is a weight category which means 4-pounds or less. Teacup puppies are not common. Research has shown that Teacup births are substantially less than 1% of all dog births. Teacups, when compared to the general dog population, are very rare – and the demand far exceeds the supply. Teacup puppies have always existed and it seems like they are more prevalent today because of all the publicity they have gotten recently as a result of their celebrity owners. Teacup puppies are as expensive as they are, because they are difficult to breed, and they require a lot of extra attention at birth. Since they are so fragile, often weighing 2-4 ounces at birth, they require a lot of care and 24-hour attention for 2 or 3 weeks. Secondly, since the demand is so high for Teacups, with demand far exceeding supply, the price is higher. The benefits of owning a Teacup puppy can be mostly attributed to their small size. Teacups are extremely portable, making them great traveling companions for everyday activities like going to the mall or dining out. Airline companies also allow Teacups to travel in the main passenger cabin as opposed to bigger dogs that are required to travel in the cargo area of the plane. Teacups are great for senior citizens who cannot lift heavy dogs, and they are great for apartment owners because they don’t need to go for walks – an apartment provides all the exercise space they need. Many dog owners equate a Teacup puppy to having a dog that always remains puppy-sized. And the life expectancy of a Teacup puppy? Well, contrary to popular belief, a Teacup puppy will often live 15-20 years, which in many cases is a better life expectancy than that of bigger dogs.

Teacup Puppies in Japan
A pet shop in Japan is breeding teacup-sized puppies to meet the popular demand from the market. These would be the canine equivalents of Bonsai trees! The pictures show little “Teacups” at age 3 weeks. Current weight of these puppies is 150 grams (5 ounces) and they are estimated to weigh approximately 1.5kg (3 lbs) as adult dogs. Buyers are willing to pay up to as much as USD 5473 for this small-sized puppy.

Teacup Puppy in Japan

Teacup Puppies

Category: Dog Stories

The Origin and Evolution of Dogs

July 12, 2010

Dogs (and wolves and foxes) are descended from a small, weasel-like mammal called Miacis which was a tree-dwelling creature and existed about 40 million years ago. Dogs, as we know them today, first appeared in Eurasia about 13,000 years ago, and were probably a direct descendant of a small, grey wolf (not from the type of jackal or jackal/wolf as previously thought). Dogs were first domesticated by cavemen in the Paleolithic age and gradually developed (or were bred) into the breeds known today. All dogs, from the German Shepherd to the tiny Poodle, are direct descendants of wolves. They can all breed together and produce fertile offspring. Technically they are of the same species. But before that, wolves descended from a species knows as the Tomarctus – a creature that roamed the earth over 15 million years ago.

This is what a Tomarctus looked like. Not much of a Poodle, but certain canine features are indeed noticable…

The Tomarctus

Category: Dog Stories

World's Top Songs About Dogs!

July 12, 2010

More often than not, songs are about love. However, some very determined song-writers have also captured their love for their furry friends in a song or two. Check out the list we made. Do you know of any more songs about dogs? Makes for some nice listening or watching on Youtube!

• “Atomic Dog” by George Clinton
• “The Dog Song” by Nellie McKay
• “How Much is That Doggie in the Window?” by Patti Page
• “I Love My Dog” by Cat Stevens
• “You adorable Beast” by Bobby Bare Jnr.
• “I want a Dog” by Pet Shop Boys
• “ Too many Puppies” by Primus
• “Chihuahua” by DJ Bobo
• “ Dogs” by Nina Nastasia
• “Gonna Buy Me A Dog” by The Monkees
• “Dog Eat Dog” by AC/DC
• “Dog Problems” by The Format
• “Doggy Dogg World” by Snoop Dogg
• “Dogs” Damien Rice
• “Ghost of a Dog” by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
• “Hey Bulldog” by The Beatles
• “Hound Dog” by Big Mama Thornton , John Lennon, Little Richard, Elvis Presley
• “Everything Reminds Me of My dog” by Jane Sibery
• ‘Me and You and a Dog Named Boo” by Lobo
• “Wiener Jingle” by Oscar Mayar
• “Puppy Love” by Donny Osmond
• “Wild Pack of Family Dogs” by Modest Mouse
• “The Bitch is Back” by Elton John
• “Who let the Dogs out?” by the Baha Men

Category: Dog Stories

World's Smartest Dogs

July 12, 2010

According to Psychologist and dog researcher: Dr. S. Coren, author of “The Intelligence of Dogs”, canine intelligence can also be recoded. Working with over 200 show judges, he devised a record that shows us who the “caninesteins” of our world are…to the more …uhm….academically-challenged pooches. Ready? Here it goes….

Ranks 1 to 10– Brightest Dogs. Understanding of New Commands: Less than 5 repetitions. Obey First Command: 95% of the time or better.

Rank Breed

1 Border Collie
2 Poodle
3 German Shepherd
4 Golden Retriever
5 Doberman Pinscher
6 Shetland Sheepdog
7 Labrador Retriever
8 Papillon
9 Rottweiler
10 Australian Cattle Dog

Ranks 11 to 26 – Excellent Working Dogs. Understanding of New Commands: 5 to 15 repetitions. Obey First Command: 85% of the time or better.

11 Pembroke Welsh Corgi
12 Miniature Schnauzer
13 English Springer Spaniel
14 Belgian Tervuren
15 Schipperke, Belgian Sheepdog
16 Collie, Keeshond
17 German Shorthaired Pointer
18 Flat-Coated Retriever, English Cocker Spaniel, Standard Schnauzer
19 Brittany
20 Cocker Spaniel
21 Weimaraner
22 Belgian Malinois, Bernese Mountain Dog
23 Pomeranian
24 Irish Water Spaniel
25 Vizsla
26 Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Ranks 27 to 39 – Above Average Working Dogs. Understanding of New Commands: 15 to 25 repetitions. Obey First Command: 70% of the time or better

Classifying Dogs into Categories

July 12, 2010

Classifying dogs into categories began with the Romans. They had the following 6 categories: house dogs, shepherd dogs, sporting dogs, war dogs, dogs that ran by scent, and dogs that ran by sight. Interestingly enough, Mosaics meaning “Beware of the Dog” could even be found on doorsteps in ancient Roman cities. Today, more than three hundred breeds of dogs exist worldwide. The American Kennel Club recognizes 148 breeds which are classified into 7 categories: Terrier, Working, Sporting, Hound, Herding, Toy and Non-sporting.


Category: Dog Facts

World's Best Drug Sniffing Dogs

July 12, 2010

A US Customs Labrador named “Snag” has made 118 drug seizures worth a canine record of $810 million. The greatest number of drug seizures by dogs ever made was recorded as 969 counts in 1988. IN ONE YEAR! The team of “Rocky” and “Barco” patrolled the Texas and Mexico border, alias “Cocaine Alley.” They were so good that Mexican drug lords put a price of $30,000 dollars on their heads. Labradors are known for their intelligence and their extremely well-developed sense of smell.

Labrador Retriever

Category: Dog Facts

Dog With The Longest Ears

July 12, 2010

The dog with the longest ears is called Mr. Jeffries, who is a Basset Hound from West Sussex, England. His ears measured 11.5 inches (29.2 cm) in 2002. He is also the grandson of the famous dog from the Hush Puppies shoe ads, which made the Basset Hound famous. His grandad used to hold the record, but when he died Mr. Jeffries took over. Owner Phil Jeffries says the ears are so long that he often stands on them, trips over them or drags them in his food by accident.

Longest ears: Mr Jeffries

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